Webb, Holly Return to the Secret Garden, 240 pages. Sourcebook Jabberwocky, 2016. $17. Content: G.
Emmie and the other orphans are being evacuated from London because of the War and the bombings, sent off to a manor house near the moors. Emmie was forced to leave behind Lucy, the stray cat she befriended and is having a hard time settling in to the new place. When she finds a diary written by a long ago little girl who was also lonely. Emmie follows the clue and finds the garden.
I don’t want to give too much away about this sequel tribute to the original. While not as compelling or lyrical as the original, it is a nice follow-up for those who ever wondered what became of the garden and all of the characters. If you really want readers to find this, I would treat it and label it like a sequel, otherwise it will probably never get any attention. (FYI - This is much better than the 1997 book with the same name)
EL, MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher